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Old 04-01-2009, 07:38 PM
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What does R/T mean to you???

I've been enjoying this forum and not posting much but I am very curious. In the mid 90's, with the help of friends I restored a 1970 B5 blue Charger. I knew a guy that had a 1970 B5 blue Challenger RT (383) that was very nice! We watched as Dodge put the R/T emblem on the Dakota (now those guys hate me) and then a Neon (now those guys hate me) and wondered what was going on? Kinda watered down what that badge originally stood for or so we thought. In 98 I found a 69 Charger R/T (440) and I still have it. When I heard that the Dodge Charger was coming back I was excited, finally a 2 door, 6-speed, V-8 car! Boy was I disappointed (now those guys hate me) on that 4-door car. It should have been given another name, not Charger. I walked laps around a new black SRT8, trying to find something that resembled any Charger from the past and saw (now those guys hate me) nothing. Nice lines and a fast car for a modern day 4-door. Seeing R/T, Daytona or a Super Bee badge / decal only made it less of what the originals were. Not trying to start some hate replies but I think there were some bad ideas flowing in the design room. For the record, I'm not a purist but the mixing of decals and shaker hoods on a car that never had one to begin with just seems out of place.

However, my hats off to this new Challenger and you owners who share the passion of owning a new musclecar. The more I look at them here the more I enjoy them. Which brings me to another question. What YEAR do you think your 2009 model best represents? Is it the 1970? If so, I have a thought. Dodge should keep the SE and the R/T model but get rid of the SRT badge (now those guys hate me, haha)! Turn that SRT badge into the TA badge and only offer that hood in flat black to cover the 6.1L engine and not to the general public. Seems to me that putting that hood on your R/T might take away from that rare TA status? But I could be wrong again? Wouldn't be the 1st time, just ask my wife! Anyways, I will now step down from my soap box and await your replies. In the meantime keep posting pics. I did enjoy the Pistol Grip shifter install tip here and like reading your posts. Thanks! TC
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:44 AM
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I don't mind the R/T badge on performance models. Remember, 383 B and E bodies weren't all that fast (in factory trim, anyway). In the case of the Dakota R/T, how many other mid-sized trucks had a small block with factory headers?

I agree on the 4-door Charger name thing. If they wanted to use a throwback name it should have been Coronet.

And yes, the Challenger R/T certainly lives up to its name. It's the best R/T Dodge has made . . . ever!
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The T/A was only a 340. So it should go on a modern R/T not SRT. If your keeping to story theme.

I liked your post and agree.
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Its nice to have something that connects these cars to the past but let's face it... it's not the past. Those cars were their own and so are these. I was also a little disapointed in the Charger... until I saw the Challenger. In today's modern market there's really only room for one dedicated 2-door performance car in any given line. The charger is a well styled machine that makes owning a 4-door a blast. Don't get hung up playing the name game.
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Let me start by saying that I enjoyed the previous posts and that there is so much to agree with in them. Now I'l give my $.02
To me, the "R/T badge" to Dodge has the same meaning as the "SS Badge" to Chevrolet. And I mean that in regards to the muscle cars of the 60's & 70's. I looked at it as the car had a sportier look, powerful engines, nicer optional upgrades, and those emblems were def "Status Symbols". Saying: "i got a 383 Challenger R/T" sounds better than saying "I got a 383 Challenger." Same goes for Chevy. I'd rather say that I had an "Impala SS" than just an "impala" Same for a Camaro, sounds better saying "Camaro SS" then "Camaro"
I mean that's just my opinion. But, hey we're all entitled to them!!!
And by no means is that knockin anyone that has/had a non R/T. Either way it's agreat thing! it's just the R/T is changing the "period" at the end of a sentence to an "exclamation point"
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